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Delirium happens most often in older adults. It can happen when a person is in an unfamiliar place, such as a hospital. It is common after surgery or during any serious illness. Other causes include drug abuse, withdrawal from drug abuse, certain medicines, toxins, and infections.
Delirium is a sudden change in a person’s mental state. It causes problems with attention, thinking, memory, and emotion. It is seen as a medical emergency.
Delirium often goes unnoticed in older adults. Learn about the signs of delirium so you can recognize it if it happens to your loved one.
Delirium is a common condition that can be treated. But prevention is important. If delirium is not treated right away, it can cause permanent problems for the person.
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